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Till Debt Separates Us | Mather Fox

I am excited to share my story and hope it will inspire you to take the right action and help you clear your debt. In 2009 I shared a townhouse with a roommate, and below is the list of my monthly bills back then: 

Rent plus house bills, i.e., electricity, water, and gas, were $2000 a month shared with a roommate.
Car loan monthly payments of $500
Car-related expenses, including gas and car insurance, $500
Food and miscellaneous $500
Credit card minimum monthly payment of $100 
Line of credit minimum monthly payment $100

Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program Launching June 7

Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program Launching June 7

The two-year pilot program provides access to low-cost financing to help commercial building owners in Edmonton make a minimum of three energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their buildings.

There is up to $8.45 million available in financing and rebates which will fund up to 17 major upgrade projects. Upgrades financed by the Commercial CEIP are repaid through property taxes over a maximum 20-year period. Should a building be sold the financing obligation transfers through the property taxes to the new owner.

The CEIP aims to advance efforts to improve environmental resiliency as part of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan.

Commercial pre-qualification forms will be available beginning at 10 a.m. June 7 and based on the uptake from the residential program, spots are expected to fill up fast. Owners can find out more at myCEIP.ca/Edmonton-Commercial.

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi

Mixed reactions to Mayor Sohi’s first State of the City Speech

He had strong words for the provincial government:

“We need our provincial government to step up because tackling houselessness, mental health, addictions and trauma is their responsibility. They need to show up for our most vulnerable. People’s human dignity and our economic recovery depends on it”. 

He highlighted the inequities Edmonton has suffered under the UCP government:

“From 2007 to 2021, Edmonton has received $1.1B less compared to Calgary under the MSI and Basic Municipal Transportation funding”. 

“Edmonton is a regional hub for social services. We carry a disproportionate burden providing servicing to Alberta’s most vulnerable for which we receive no recognition or financial support”. 

“Every year, Edmonton loses $14M in tax revenue because our provincial government is not paying its fair share of property taxes on the buildings they occupy.”

“In the past 3 years, our world-renowned University of Alberta has faced the largest budget cuts of any post-secondary in the province. Now totaling $222 million, stifling innovation and hurting students”.

Edmonton Climate Leaders: Advancing a Just Transition

A just transition refers to the transition from the dominant economy to one that centers on place-based, ecologically resilient, socially equitable, deeply democratic approaches to establishing mutually beneficial relationships. Consequently, understanding the economy as a changeable model is key to envisioning new ways of interacting with the world. 

1909Media Productions

BIPOC Business of the Week | 1909Media Productions

1909media Productions is a media production company based in Edmonton, Alberta.  From interviews and documentaries to photography, they passionately share your stories with the world. They work with small and large corporate organizations to tell their brand stories and boost their connections with their customers.

Their services include Podcast and Voice Over Production: Their studio is equipped to help you start up, create, produce and mix all your podcast and voice-over productions. 

Females in Tech | Digital Equity with Kasey Machin

Parity Bot is a piece of technology that uses machine learning to track women running in elections. Parity Bot counteracts  every negative tweet that is sent, diluting the venom of negativity by replacing it with a distinctively positive message.  Overall, helps to make sure online spaces are more positive. This technology has been used in elections in the United States and it is used in New Zealand and right here in Canada. 

Panel with Business Leaders in Edmonton, Calgary and Ontario

Every month, for LCCMedia, Mary Thomas hosts a panel around issues going on in the community. Business Leaders were joined in an indepth conversation about doing business during and after the pandemic in the August Panel. Even though each business is different and unique, every business left the pandemic either better or worse.  

This panel discussion was very robust because the business leaders came to it from very different but relevant perspectives. The panelists were Deborah Cox, the CEO of Microbusiness, Yinka Oladele, the first black owner of a UPS store in Calgary and Sharon Njobo, the CEO of thefirestarter.ca. 

The NoticeBoard

The NoticeBoard | Your Business Megaphone | Volume 8

LCCMedia is pleased to announce the arrival of its weekly announcement platform – The NoticeBoard. Now in its eighth week, the NoticeBoard is Alberta’s Megaphone for business. If you would like a show in our weekly bulletin, please email: info@lccmediafoundation.ca. At the moment, it is free for you to advertise in the NoticeBoard. 

LCCMEDIA Foundation  is launching a vaccine literacy campaign with Edmonton Community Foundation and the Foundation for Black Communities. That campaign is launching Monday 19th July 2021. To help with that, we are joining the efforts by the Africa Centre and Black Canadian Women in Action to highlight that they have vaccination programs on July 19th for the African Centre and July 16th, 23rd and 30th for Black Canadian Women in Action. 

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